Doug Johnson, currently directing Colgate's Center for Learning, Teaching and Research, joined Colgate’s Department of Psychology in 1996. Within the department, he teaches a variety of courses, including Introduction to Psychology, Human Cognition, Research Methods, Statistics, and Attention and Memory. Within Colgate's Core Curriculum, he teaches two Scientific Perspectives courses (one on the malleability of human memory and another on the psychology of sport and exercise).
Professor Johnson received his BA from Washington University in St. Louis, and his MA and PhD from Johns Hopkins University. As a scholar, he studies human cognition, with an emphasis on attention, memory, and the development of expertise. He has published in a variety of professional journals, including Psychological Science, Memory and Cognition, Neuropsychopharmacology, Psychopharmacology, and The Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance.
At Colgate, Professor Johnson has performed a variety of service. In addition to considerable committee work, he has served as associate dean of faculty (2007-2010) as well as chair of the scientific perspectives program (2004-2007). He currently serves as Colgate's representative to the Patriot League Policy Committee and began directing Colgate's Center for Learning, Teaching and Research in July 2014.
Students performing senior research with Professor Johnson have gone on to careers in business, medicine, and law, as well as graduate school in psychology (including Princeton, UVA, and Cornell).
Professor Johnson is married to Mary (Molly) Treadway Johnson, PhD, and they have two children, Daniel and Sarah.